Japanese Maples in Oregon

Oregon's climate is suitable for growing a number of trees, including many Japanese maples. Japanese maples can range in height from 6 feet to 40 feet. In general, they are cold tolerant of most parts of Oregon that aren't mountainous. Japanese maples, with their exotic shapes and leaf colors, can add visual interest to many Oregon landscapes.


The Bloodgood Japanese maple will, according to Oregon State University, grow well in Oregon. This particular tree is round with a maximum height and spread of around 20 feet. This tree, which is ideal for urban cultivation, has leaves that remain red most of the summer. Fall colors for this tree are reddish brown and not quite as showy as other Japanese maples. The Bloodgood will do well in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 5B through 8. This particular Japanese maple is very tolerant of lighting conditions and will grow well either in full sun or in shade.

Sango Kaku

The Sango Kaku, sometimes called the coral bark Japanese maple, is another Japanese maple that grows well in Oregon. This slow growing tree can reach 25 feet with a spread of 20 feet. The bark of this tree turns red in winter, with the color becoming more intense as the temperature drops. This is where it gets the name "coral bark." This tree's leaves turn gold and red in the fall, making it one of the showier of the Japanese maples. It tolerates many types of soil and is suitable for many lighting conditions, ranging from full sun to full shade.


The Shindeshojo Japanese maple is a slow growing, small bush or tree that reaches a maximum height of 15 feet and spread of 22 feet under ideal conditions. However, many specimens stop growing at between 6 and 9 feet in height. It is very tolerant of light conditions, doing well in everything from shade to full sun. Leaves on this cultivar start out bright pink in the spring and eventually become reddish green by summer. This tree grows very well in Oregon and is cold hardy down to around 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

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